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It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's 5 a.m. on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic. This bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital. But the youth ward is temporarily closed -- so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby, soon becomes both Craig's mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle, who just might make him forget his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"It's Kind of a Funny Story lacks substance, but after you've spent a short time in this ward, you have to agree with Craig: These crazies aren't so bad."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film's co-writing-directing team, are too principled to tip the film into the slacker reaches of sorrow."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Galifianakis [is] able to turn on a dime; balancing his disarming humour with moments of anguished outbreaks. His is one of the best supporting performances of recent memory; equally funny and heartbreaking. If only I could say the same of the movie."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"...runs out of steam about half way through but with a likable cast and an interesting setup you'll want to finish what you started."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
"Wavering between affecting dramedy and goofy asylum- com, this is an enjoyable but superficial placebo that soft-soaps the realities of psychological disorder."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"A pleasant movie, but no more."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"The writing-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have created a solid mix of serious, darker scenes and flights of fancy."
‑ Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"For all its problems, though, the film is easy-going, frequently channels into a sweet-natured tone and is able to raise a few chuckles."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"It's also a kind of two-dimensional romance, a kind of flippant look at life on a mental ward, and (...) kind of made me want to give Zach Galifianakis a hug."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"[A] flimsy, box-ticking quirk fest."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The journey is aided immeasurably by the casting of Keir Gilchrist as young Craig. He has dark, sensitive eyes and a probity about him that wins you to his side."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The acting is strong, with Galifianakis doing an especially good job as the likeable Bobby."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It may not be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but it's also not Patch Adams."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"The film's central element -- its sensitive exploration of a young teen's emotional confusion -- creates strong audience empathy, however, and gives Fleck and Boden a fertile focus for their signature light-hearted humanist storytelling."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"As a self-help sitcom, it feels both glib and icky. Glicky?"
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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